I can’t believe she is 12

Once again on Friday morning we headed south towards Newport.  Our first stop was to visit my cousin Leona in Chehalis, then on to Rundi’s for the night.

Rundi has a new job at KATU-TV channel 2 in Portland so she can now spend weekends with family.

Breakfast at the Wilsonville Sonic

Love this place

Love this place

Then to the high school in Newport to watch Ella’s soccer game.  She is a starter and about 1 minute into the game she does a great “Header”.  Only problem it was not her choice.  One of the players on the other team made a great hard kick but Ella blocked it with the side of her head.

Down

Down

Now she is out

Now she is out

but only for a couple of plays

And her and the ball are in

And her and the ball are in

They played hard

She is a defender

She is a defender

Constantly on the watch

I know it is there someplace

I know it is there someplace

Okay team let's get going

Okay team let’s get going

They won 4 – 3 and beat a team that was undefeated for the past two seasons.  The winning goal was kicked (by wait for it now) a member of the other team, the players first ever goal and into the wrong net. Heh it is still a “W”.

Then to pick up Reegan who was up at her school helping build and paint the scenery for an up coming school play.  She cannot be in the play as she will be at “6th Grade Outdoor School” when the play is performed.  A quick stop at McDonald’s as Reegan was “starving to death”.  Now back to Harlyn & Cari’s to wait for the rest of the family to get home.  After the soccer game Ella had a piano Sibelius exam  Her first one and according to the tester “She Aced It”

A great BBQ by Harlyn, some great salads (we all helped with these) then to the important part.  Gifts

I'm waiting!!

I’m waiting!!

We are  not quite ready

Grandma and Ella are ready

Grandma and Ella are ready

Monopoly and Operation with a twist

Minions???

Minions???

A Lego book “Brick of Mormon Stories”

This is something just out

This is something just out

I think this is all

Reegan wrapped in her "Fuzzy" blanket from aunt Rundi

Reegan wrapped in her “Fuzzy” blanket from aunt Rundi

 

Of course not trip to the farm is complete with out a visit from a chicken

Ella and Brownie

Ella and Brownie

The 3 not so little pigs

The two standing so not live in the pen although it may look like it :)

The two standing do not live in the pen although it may look like it :)

If you have bacon you need eggs

They are naturally this color and VERY fresh

They are naturally this color and VERY fresh

These eggs are from the big chickens but for her birthday Reegan got some Bantams.

They have their out coop

They have their own coop

I think six total

Mixed colors and no mean Roosters

Mixed colors and no mean Roosters

and one last photo

From the outside looking in

From the inside looking out

 

Back to Rundi’s and then home again jiggy jig.

Rabbits, Robots, Music & Song

Friday morning Barbara and I headed south to Rundi’s on our way to Newport and beyond.  We left Rundi’s at O’dark thirty ( 4:30 AM) and headed towards Newport. Weather forecast was 3 – 5″ of rain and 50 – 70- MPH winds.  And for once the weather man was right.  Lots of rain and branches on the roads.

First stop was the Isaac Newton Magnet School

This is Reegan's school

This is Reegan’s school

Activity was the local 4-H showing of rabbits, chickens and cavy’s ( Guinea Pigs)

All three together

All three together

Reegan was showing her rabbit “Sophie”

A VERY big rabbit

A VERY big rabbit

But before the judging started we were off to the Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC)

Very nice new facility

Very nice new facility

to watch Ella and her piano recital at “Jungle Jam”

Oregon Music Teachers Association

Oregon Music Teacher’s Association

 

All get a "T" shirt

All get a “T” shirt

First a duet with her dad

Front view

Ready to go

Ready to go

Then her solo

Now Ella, her mom, Barbara & Rundi take off for the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville (more to follow about that) Then the rest of us, including Grandma and Grandpa Welch and aunt Lindsay, head back to Reegan’s school for the judging of her “Sophie”

Waiting with friends

Waiting with friends

 

Here is the judge

Judge is testing her knowledge of the rabbit

Judge is testing her knowledge of the rabbit

The ribbons

All three got a ribbon

All three got a ribbon

Home to Harlyn and Cari’s  for a quick break while Reegan changes clothes then we all head back to the OCCC for Reegan’s performances at “Jungle Jam”.  First an amazing solo of “Amazing Grace”

Then we get entertained by Reegan and her friend Jillian with a duet of “Sisters”

Getting ready to go

Getting ready to go

After this I get into Hi Ho Silver and head towards McMinnville while the rest go back to the finish of the rabbit show.

I meet up with Ella and her posse to pick up Barbara & Rundi and get to see the fruits of Ella’s activities

Certificate

Certificate

And ribbon

And ribbon

We continue north to Rundi’s and the others head south to meet up with the rest of their family

 

All got home safely

Australia Day 2015

This year Australia Day fell on a Monday so we combined our “Empty Nester’s” FHE with Barbara’s annual Australia Day Party.

The whole invited started with a you tube video introducing this Gala

Then came the decorations

Flags up the stairs and a Kola at the end

Flags up the stairs and a Koala at the end

All kinds of animal crossing warnings,

 

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

Kangaros

Bouncing up the stairs

Bouncing up the stairs

Road signs

3 State capitals

3 State capitals

and of course

Perth WA

Perth WA

The flag was posted

The Stars shine at night

The Stars shine at night

Food and drink are ready

Pies, bangers & ash and all kinds of stuff on the window sill

Pies, Bangers & mash and all kinds of stuff on the window sill

Drinks of course

Bundaberg Ginger Beer of course

Bundaberg Ginger Beer of course

 

And now were are ready for the guests

Red & Ella's grand dad standing

Red & Ella’s grand dad standing

More

The Judd s served a mission in Australia

The Judd s served a mission in Australia

Now for the important part

Eating the good stuff

Eating the good stuff

 

Great time had by all with the night being capped off with a report on each person featured in the invite video.  You can Google them to find out if you are interested

 

Shrek the Musical and Lego again

Friday morning Barbara and I saddled up Hi Ho again and head south to Rundi’s to rest and then on to Newport Saturday morning to start a busy weekend.

First stop was for Shrek. this years Newport PAC’s annual show

Front cover

Front cover

Staring (well at least a major role she does not die in)

Look for Gingy

Look for Gingy

Production Team

Notice all the other family members in set construction and Orchestra

Notice all the other family members in set construction and Orchestra

They have neat sweat shirts to advertise the show.

Red in her's

Red in her’s

This Shrek was amazing

He has a bit of an accent

He has a bit of an accent

And of course another lead

Donkey with Shrek

Donkey with Shrek

And Fiona

3 at different ages

3 at different ages

And here comes Gingy

Oh no her legs are separated

Oh no her legs are separated

And who is ?

Wait for it

Wait for it

 

It's Red

It’s Red

And not looking happy

And not looking happy

Here come the cast

Check far stage right

Check far stage right

Here comes her solo

Belt it out Red

Belt it out Red

Now enjoy the applause

Now enjoy the applause

Here comes the finale

Very enthusiastic  cast

Very enthusiastic cast

All point to Gingy

All point to Gingy

Loved the Big Bad Wolf

Loved the Big Bad Wolf

Gingy sings "And God Bless us everyone"

Gingy sings “And God Bless us everyone”

After the show the cast all line up for a meet and greet.

Red AKA Gingy

Red AKA Gingy

The 3 main leads

These were great

These were great

And the Big Bad Wolf

Barbara found this dress

Barbara found this dress

And another great production was put to bed.  Can’t wait for next year’s Mary Poppins.

Back to Rundi’s for some sleep and up early the next morning headed for Liberty High School, Hillsboro

FFL cover

FFL cover

Check team 9568 SNL

Check team 9568 SNL

As you enter the gym for the competition 15.01.Reegan.Lego.11

Teams are here15.01.Reegan.Lego.10

The tables are set for the missions

There area actually 3 tables with two teams to a table

There area actually 3 tables with two teams to a table

The opening

Big  screen

Big screen

Teams get instruction as to where they compete first

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Robot ready 15.01.Reegan.Lego.16Teams listed on Shirt

15.01.Reegan.Lego.17We are ready to go

The big screen is great for spectators

The big screen is great for spectators

In action 15.01.Reegan.Lego.24

 

Coach is preparing for the next round 15.01.Reegan.Lego.26

Round two coming up

Red is setting the robot

Red is setting the robot

Listening to the judge

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She has good words to say

 

And the crowd watches

Rundi is in the polka dot top

Rundi is in the polka dot top

The end comes, Cari and crew head home to Newport and we head to drop Rundi off and we head north the Kent.  THE END

 

Christmas 2014 Part I

As is the custom the stockings were hung up the stairs with care.

Many many stockings

Many many stockings

and of course the hand rail was decorated

Bows, holly and lights

Bows, holly and lights

our Charlie Brown tree.

Oldie but a goodie

Oldie but a goodie

our tree top angel

A young Mrs. Claus

A young Mrs. Claus

decorations are ready

Nativity story book

Nativity story book

Kid’s table

notice the poppers

notice the poppers


Big people’s table

Drink in the corner

That is a flash not the Star in the East

Ready for guests

Trudy and Wally

Trudy and Wally

more guests (family)

Stephen & Keri

Stephen & Keri

more of same

Jonah helping

Jonah helping

and more

Sydney, Barbara & Cheryl

Sydney, Barbara & Cheryl

Big bunch

Brooklyn, Jonah and the back of Tyler

Brooklyn, Jonah and the back of Tyler

now for the food

All non fating

All non fating

more food

here is the ham

here is the ham

Story time

Barbara reads to us

Barbara reads to us

now the stockings are opened

Stephen looks relaxed

Stephen looks relaxed

more stockings

enough for all

enough for all

not done yet

all were really full

all were really full

 

done now

what's all this stuff???

what’s all this stuff???

now the important part

presents

presents

and more

Santa Sydney

Santa Sydney

and more of the same

Go Hawks

Go Hawks

The End

 

 

Christmas 2014 Part II – Overseas

Well after a late night with Stephen and his family for our early Christmas Family Home Evening, at 5:30 AM we climbed into Hi HO and headed north to get on the boat for our overseas trip.  (It actually was a ferry to Vancouver Island B.C.).

Anacortes Ferry

Anacortes Ferry

But it is a boat and we did cross the water.  After a scenic trip through the San Juan Islands we arrived at Sidney B.C.  Our destination was the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina

This is on the interharbour

This is on the interharbour

We were meeting with Harlyn and his family for “Christmas in Victoria”.  They were staying in a time share condo, which when we Goggled to find out how far we were staying from them it was “80” meters. We shared a drive way and from our 9th floor balcony we could see their first floor corner condo. Our first stop was Miniature World just near the Empress Hotel. Then off to the Live Nativity in the city park. This is sponsored by the LDS Church and was free and open to all.

Complete with angels on the hillside

Complete with angels on the hillside

This was their 22nd year.

Christmas eve we decorated the tree (lamp actually)

Ella starts off

Ella starts off

She had to stand on a chair to put that angel up

Lights on, Angel up, & decorations going on

Lights on, Angel up, & decorations going on

And the finished tree.

 

Ta Da

Ta Da

And then to a mall for pictures with Santa

Happy Santa with a British accent

Happy Santa with a British accent

Last minute shopping at the Dollar Tree

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Notice the "Dollar' store prices

Notice the “Dollar’ prices

Then on to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Butterflies

Butterflies

Barbara loved these

Barbara loved these

And other animals

These were neat also

These were neat also

Then on to  Butchart Gardens

Christmas Card photo

Christmas Card photo

Promo photo not actual scene for us

Promo photo not actual scene for us

The evening's activities

The evening’s activities

We did have dinner there

Notice the dessert

Notice the dessert

Red with here soup and hot chocolate

Red with her soup and hot chocolate

If you made a snowflake you got a free hot chocolate. And the girls did.

This is the example window

This is the example window

Now back home to wait for Santa to find us in the morning.

He found us

He found us

More of our goodies

More of our goodies

Even though this all happened at 6 AM we were awake

Let the carnage begin

Let the carnage begin

Red gives us a thumbs up. Notice the log burning

Red gives us a thumbs up. Notice the log burning

Wrapping paper every where

Wrapping paper every where

Reegan’s present from Grandma and Grandpa Jenkins

Here graduation date is 2021

Her graduation date is 2021

More paper

More paper

Harlyn explains to Ella that "This is all there is"

Harlyn explains to Ella that “This is all there is”

The reason for our early start Christmas morning was because Harlyn had booked us breakfast as the famous Empress Hotel

Grand Hotel

Front entrance

Table for 6 is ready

Table for 6 is ready

Beautiful surrounds

Beautiful surrounds

Red is not camera shy

Red is not camera shy

How do you want your omelette?

How do you want your omelette?

Many other choices await

Many other choices await

My first choice

My first choice

Reegan chose "BACON"

Reegan chose “BACON”

After breakfast we wandered through the lobby

This looks real

This looks real

They had many company sponsored trees

All were very nice

All were very nice

Ella waiting with me

Notice her white tree horns

Notice her white tree horns

Then back to our room

Santa filled our stocking also

Santa filled our stockings also

Stuff all over the bed

Stuff all over the bed

Harlyn plays with his frog and wonders how to get all this stuff home

Harlyn plays with his frog and wonders how to get all this stuff home

 

Friday was a day of rest and more time spent in our hotel pool.  it was a great indoor/outdoor with a hot tub close.

Saturday we packed up and headed home.  We had not made a reservation on the  Sidney to Tsawwassen ferry. It leaves every hour on the hour so we arrived for the 2 PM sailing and got on the 4 PM.  Safe drive home, through the Peach Arch border crossing

"Children of a Common Mother" welcomed us home

“Children of a Common Mother” welcomed us home

And to put a cherry on the top, we paid $1.80 for gas on the US side of the border

December 2014

December 2014

Happy New Year to all

 

 

SNL – Super Ninja Legends

Before O’Dark thirty on Barbara’s birthday we crawled into Hi Ho

Trusty Steed

Trusty Steed

and headed south for the “Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League 2014 Qualifying Tournament” hosted by Evergreen Air and Space Museum. McMinnville Oregon

Aerial View

Aerial View

They have a lot of neat displays including a SR 71

You can walk right up and touch this

You can walk right up and touch this

Numerous Helicopters,

From USS Kitty Hawk

From USS Kitty Hawk

And of course the featured display

The one and only Spruce Goose

The one and only Spruce Goose

Cari is the 4-H leader for the Newport Oregon Club,

Concerned leader

Concerned leader

The idea is each team program their robot made from Lego

Team members with Robot

Team members with Robot

They have a series of “Missions” to complete on a preset course.

Heads up competition on two identical corses

Heads up competition on two identical courses

They have 2.5 minutes to complete as many “Missions” as possible with points scored for each one completed.

Easy to read display

Easy to read display

The team registers

Check in for Round 1

Check in for Round 1

Neat team shirts

Reegan is starting a collection of shirts

Reegan is starting a collection of shirts

They  compete in 3 rounds over the course of 4 hours.

Waiting for round 1

Waiting for round 1

They set up the robot

No pressure :)

No pressure :)

They are judged on each round

Judge in striped shirt

Judge in striped shirt

Getting ready for round 2

Same robot different team member

Same robot different team member

The team watch

Again no pressure

Again no pressure

One of the other teams

The "Thing a majigs"

The “Thing a Majigs”

Then we break for lunch

Lunch time

Lunch time

Round 3

Same robot different mission

Same robot different mission

They brought wrist bands to trade with other team members

Wrist bands at the ready

Wrist bands at the ready

And finally waiting for the end results

And the answer is???

And the answer is???

 

We move on, see you in January 2015 at the State competitions :) :) :)

Banners everywhere

Banners everywhere

Pizza with the family to celebrate Barbara’s birthday complete with really BIG cupcakes special delivery by Harlyn.

3rd Street Pizza Company

3rd Street Pizza Company

Then back into Hi Ho and a quick stop at Rundi’s and then home , it was a long (16 hour) day but well worth the trip

 

 

All Blues and Roses

Tuesday morning we climbed into good ole Hi Ho, picked up Stephenie Welch and headed for Idaho.  We got to Meridian late afternoon and met Stephenie’s son and family at the grade school open house.  Barbara and I then continued east for a few more miles. After a good night’s sleep we headed for Brigham City Utah where we met Sister Lance and Lici for lunch at the famous Maddox Ranch House. “Utah’s Family Dining Destination”  Then we did some shopping at the fruit stand across the road (in 99 degree weather), back into the air conditioned  Hi Ho and off to Provo where Stephen had already used his smart phone to turn the air conditioner on and the house was nice and cool.

Next morning we headed back to Salt Lake City for some time in the Family History Center.

LDS Family History center

LDS Family History center

Barbara took a class on how to get started teaching others about family history and I went to the “Australian” section and did some research.  Very productive for both of us.  We have been told many times never to eat at a place called “Moms”  Well we found a Chinese restaurant called “Mom’s Kitchen” and just had to stop.

Right on State Street SLC

Right on State Street SLC

The large screen TV had a news feed from  Taiwan and not in English and no subtitles.  The menu did have English subtitles so we could figure out what we wanted to eat.  Not bad and we laughed most of the time.

Next day we attended the event we have driven to Utah to see. The Autumn Classic Arabian Show

South Jordan fair grounds

South Jordan fair grounds

Brooklyn was riding her two horses in.  First event was Brooklyn and “Flip”

Pure blood Arabian

Pure blood Arabian

First place and first blue ribbon. Second event was with “Slick”

Way to go Slick

Way to go Slick

Second blue ribbon.  Next event Slick again.

Good work again

Good work again

Third Event third blue ribbon.  Forth event Flip again and again blue ribbon and also Grand Champion

Flip Grand Champion of the show

Flip Grand Champion of the show

Her stable mate was Reserve Grand Champion

Both girls did great

Both girls did great

Eager spectators  watch the exciting show

Grandma, sister Sydney and Mom

Grandma, sister Sydney and Mom

Last day and last event.  Come on Slick.

Come on Slick you can do it

Come on Slick you can do it

 

And of course the fifth blue ribbon and second Grand Champion of the show.

Great job Slick

Great job Slick

 

Total count 2 horses = 5 blue ribbons and each horse a Grand Champion.

This is getting serious now

This is getting serious now

And to finish off the show, both girls and their “loot”

Two very happy campers

Two very happy campers

And the star of the show

This stuff is getting heavy

This stuff is getting heavy

Once the show was over we did some quick site seeing in Provo and visited the site of the new Provo temple

Coming soon

Coming soon

Back to Idaho, went to my grand niece’s baby shower in Emmett, Idaho. Held in the local park with “lots” of attendees.

Dinner with some more family in Nampa, spent the night in Meridian and then picked up Stephenie for an uneventful trip home.

 

 

 

 

 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Tuesday afternoon Barbara boarded the southbound Amtrak

All Aboard

All Aboard

at the new almost finished good looking Tukwilla station.  Her destination was Rundi’s in Vancouver.

She would meet up with Rundi, Cari, Reegan and Ella.  Cari and the girls had been there over a week.  Reegan was well into her second week of “Theater camp” and Ella had finished her week long Portland Timbers’ soccer camp and was “BORED”.  Grandma’s job was to help Ella with her back to school clothes shopping.  I stayed home, visited with my brother and his wife, got a couple project finished and caught up on my Formula One races.

Saturday morning Cari’s parents came to our home and we all three jump into faithful Hi Ho

Trusty Steed

Trusty Steed

and headed south also. We met up with all the ladies and Harlyn who had arrived the night before.  Reegan’s end of camp’s performance was scheduled for 2:30PM that day.

After resting at Rundi’s we got into two cars and headed to Portland for the Children’s theater.

Beautiful building

Beautiful building

 

Junie Save the Day! was the name of the play.

Cover

Cover

Inside cover

Inside cover

 

Reegan played Charlotte

Charlotte and class mate

Charlotte and class mates

and as it turns out also the “Magic Mirror on the Wall”

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

Lots of great lines as they do “Fractured Fairy Tales” as the class project.

Various facial expressions

Various facial expressions

 

She even had a singing part

Her solo

Her solo

 

It closed with much applause and cast photos.

Posed cast photo

Posed cast photo

 

We all went back to Rundi’s and had a great “Linner” (the main meal between lunch and dinner)

Barbara, I and Cari’s parents got into Hi Ho and headed north.  Harlyn and his family stayed the night and then headed home.  All arrived safely and Rundi got her house back once again.

We all lived happily ever after.  THE END

 

 

Idaho Ho Ho

Brooklyn left Utah for Idaho before we did.

Rest stop along the way

Rest stop along the way

The destination was the Arabian horse at the Idaho Center in Nampa Idaho.

Program cover

Program cover

Barbara and I jumped (slowing that is) into Hi Ho Silver

Trusty Steed

Trusty Steed

and headed east. We had a little time before we watch Brooklyn ride so we went to a youth Rodeo near my sister Jill’s place. We watched Sydnee (her granddaughter) ride in a couple of events. While we were watching we saw this young man, probably 6 or 7, with a HUGE belt buckle.

Hub cap size

Hub cap size

Back to the Idaho center and watched Brooklyn ride both of her horses.

One happy camper

One happy camper

Sitting proud

Sitting proud

Between shows we did some sightseeing. In Kuna we saw this sign and had to take the picture as Brooklyn turned 17 earlier last month

Happy birthday Brooklyn

Happy birthday Brooklyn

Also another interesting sign.

We must be 1/2 way there

We must be 1/2 way there

We then drove by where our grandparents lived in the white house (notice the color now)forever.

Red is the new white

Red is the new white

Front door

Front door

The willow tree in the front yard was still there but much bigger now.

Older than me

Older than me

It is over 80 years old. We had fun swinging on it when we were kids but if we broke a part off it was used to, how do you say, well let’s just say we were encouraged with the broken piece not to do it again.

Back to the show where Brooklyn  & Slick won a Grand Champion ribbon and we were all very happy.

Her with the Brand Champion and baner

Her with the Brand Champion and banner

Close up of the ribbon

Close up of the ribbon

Flip was well named this day and did not get a ribbon

Flip was well named this day and did not get a ribbon

We had a family BBQ at our sister Janice’s home. This was very nice of her as she was getting ready for her wedding a short two weeks in the future. Great times by all and we got to catch up on what the families were doing.

After the show was over we climbed into ole Silver and faded into the Western sun set and safely home.